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Sorgente Cornish Holiday Cottage in Penryn near Falmouth

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Coronavirus update

WE ARE OPEN FOR BOOKINGS WHICH START ON OR AFTER 10th JULY

However, should the guidance we receive from local or national government and health advisers, we may have to cancel your stay. In those cases you would recieve a full refund or credit towards another booking with us.

Stay home, keep others safe!

We also ask that guests do not put themselves at risk and therefore those guests which arrive after your depature. Face masks to be worn over nose and mouth at all times outside of both your home and ours. Avoid crowded places and take home all your litter from the beach or other places of interest.

We understand that booking a holiday may be a difficult decision for many due to the restrictions of cancellation policies. Please take out a cancellation insurance policy before you book. For this period of uncertainty, we are offering all new bookings the flexibility to change their bookings at anytime up to two weeks before check-in without further charge, or a credit towards a future booking taken within 18 months of cancellation.

Our cottage will undergo full sanitization at the end of each stay, however we ask that guests now remove all bedding, towels, bath mats, oven gloves etc and place them in a tied sack at the end of their stay prior to departure. Unused hand soaps to be placed in the general rubbish and again the sack must be tied. This will help reduce the risk to our staff and next guests.

Thank you!

Fal River Tickets

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Discounted ferry tickets for visitors, plus local guides and maps, visit the Fal River website.

Holiday essentials

Falmouth estuary

TOP TIP!
To buy discounted ferry tickets, local guides and maps, visit the Fal River website.
Using the Falmouth Park & Ride and Park & Float can get a discounted entrance to the Maritime Museum and savings in many of the towns shops and eating places. Park & Float - Fri, 1 May - 31 Oct Ponsharden. 01872 861910 (Winter) 01326 319417 (Summer) Travel time 10 minutes to the Maritime Museum. With GPS devices - TR10 8AD.

Falmouth estuary


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Sorgente is an excellent touring base situated along the original main route from Penryn to Truro and is within a 5 minute drive to Falmouth.

For discounted ferry tickets, local guides and maps, follow this link to the Fal River website.

PENRYN

(Cornish: Pennrynn, from Pen-ryn meaning 'promontory' One of Cornwall's most ancient towns, it was once a thriving port and a centre for commerce and is reputed to be one of Cornwall's oldest and best surviving historic towns. In the medieval period it was an important harbour in its own right, exporting granite and tin. Now a conservation area bestowing a wealth of old world charm, character and history, most evident from its impressive Tudor and Georgian architecture. It is a vibrant place giving home to quaint streets, small passageways, galleries, a restaurant, a wine bar, pubs and cafes. Within walking distance of the cottage is the town quayside on the creek that leads to the wide stretch of sailing waters of Carrick roads and Falmouth Bay. Here a variety of traditional craft are moored next to the modern Jubilee Wharf with its café and shops.

FALMOUTH

(Cornish: Aberfal), Cornwall’s internationally recognised seaport and home to the world's third deepest natural harbour. This is a vibrant year round resort for all ages with world class beaches, restaurants and a coastal golf course. It boasts a flourishing contemporary arts scene with numerous galleries and embraces its cultural heritage with the celebrated National Maritime Museum.

Historic background to the area

Originally called Peny-cwm-cuic, which later became 'Pennycomequick', it was the site where Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle (1540) to defend Carrick Roads. The main town was at Penryn with Sir John Killigrew creating the town of Falmouth shortly after 1613. In the late 16th century, under threat from the Spanish Armada, the defences at Pendennis were strengthened by the building of angled ramparts. During the Civil War, Pendennis Castle was the second to last fort to surrender to the Parliamentary Army.
The Falmouth Packet Service operated out of Falmouth for over 160 years between 1689 and 1851. Its purpose was to carry mail to and from Britain's growing empire. As the most south-westerly good harbour in Great Britain, Falmouth was often the first port for returning Royal Navy ships. The news of Britain's victory, and Admiral Nelson's death, at Trafalgar was landed here from the schooner Pickle and taken to London by stagecoach. In 1839 Falmouth was the scene of the gold dust robbery when £4,600 worth of gold dust from Brazil was stolen on arrival at the port.

Here are just a few of our favourite places that are reachable by car, cycle or even on foot!

Muddy Beach Cafe

Jubilee Wharf in Penryn, on Commercial Road (underneath the wind turbines). Children friendly. Free Wifi access. www.muddybeach.com

Rick Stein's Seafood Bar

Falmouth. Next to the Maritime Museum.

Indaba Fish

Overlooking the beach at Swanpool, Falmouth. Best to book at busy times. 01326 311886

Pandora's Inn

12th century thatched pub and restaurant - Restronguet Creek. A great place to arrive after walking along the river direct from Sorgente. www.pandorainn.com

Seven Stars Pub

The oldest ale house in Falmouth. Step back into the past!

The Poly Arts Centre

Alternative cinema in the centre of Falmouth. www.thepoly.org Box office 01326 212300

The Maritime Museum

Buy an annual membership and visit as many times as you like and get free entrance to the Eden Project and more. www.nmmc.co.uk 01326 313388

Glendurgan Garden

Mawnan Smith. National Trust website 01326 252020

Trelissick Garden

Feock, near Truro. National Trust website 01872 862090

The Boathouse

Pub and good food, great views! Beacon St. Falmouth 01326 315 425

Raze the Roof

Indoor play area. Mega play frame, slides, climbing wall, ball cannons, astro glide... Kids. 30a Parkengue, Kernick Road Ind. Est. Penryn. 01326 377481

Ships and Castles

Indoor fun pool complete with slides and wave machine. Pendennis Headland, Castle Drive, Falmouth, 01326 212129

Oliver's Restaurant

High St. Falmouth. 01326 218138

Harbour View

Falmouth if you like burgers.

Mariners chippy

Near the clock tower in Penryn.

Pippins Cafe

Also for take away pasties, Penryn.

Sorgente comments 2018

"We have had a very pleasant stay here at Sorgente. It was an ideal base for touring around the area and we have packed quite a few places into our short stay. The cottage was homely and had everything we needed except reading lamps, which would have been a welcome addition for evenings in front of the fab log fire !! Thanks for the welcome pack too!"

Best wishes, Debbie, Paul, Isaac and Ronnie 23/02/18

Sorgente comments 2017

"A very comfortable and happy stay in Sorgente, enabling us to celebrate our grandchild's first birthday. Weather mixed, but we managed to re-visit old haunts - Trelissick, Gwithian Beach, Mylor, amongst others - A lovely stay - thank you."

Philip and Sandra, Cumbria 23/02/17

Sorgente comments 2016

"A fantastic place to stay! We have had a wonderful holiday with some beautiful weather. Would definitely recommend visiting the castle at Pendennis. Falmouth beach is lovely and our toddler loved the seal sanctuary in Gweek. We would definitely stay again."

Emma, Nick and Lucas 19/08/16